How to Avoid Canoeing & Light the Perfect Joint

Lighting a joint might not seem like it’d be difficult, but if you’ve been smoking for long enough you’ve probably seen a few poorly lit joints before. There’s a certain amount of artistry that goes into lighting a joint JUST right, and doing it wrong can make even a beautiful, perfectly wrapped joint and make it a sub-par smoking experience. The truth is that every part of the smoking experience can be a recipe for disaster if you don’t know what you’re doing.

An uneven, fast-burning joint can be a total buzzkill, so keep these helpful tips in mind to ensure that the next your next joint doesn’t go up a creek without a paddle!

How Do You Avoid Canoeing?

Canoeing a joint is when a joint burns on one side but not the other (or at least burns more on one side than the other). This uneven burn can result in weed going to waste, and no one wants that! However, there are a few ways to avoid this.

First of all, if you prefer to roll your own joints rather than buy pre-rolls, you should invest in a cannabis grinder. Grinding cannabis into smaller buds helps to eliminate air pockets, which helps to ensure that air doesn’t screw up your smoke session. Plus, plenty of people claim that ground cannabis tastes better, so it’s a win all around!

Rolling also plays an important role in getting an evenly burning joint: if its too tight, it will be hard to smoke at all, but if its too loose, there’ll be so much space between the paper and the weed that canoeing is inevitable. It takes time to get your rolling technique down, but with enough practice, you’ll find the sweet spot between too tight and too loose. Also, remember that if you’ve rolled particularly bad joint, its cheaper to tear it open and try again with another paper than to waste weed on a joint that won’t deliver.

What is the Correct Way to Light a Joint?

Once you’ve taken the proper precautions to avoid canoeing, its time to light your joint. The most important thing to keep in mind when lighting up is to be patient. If you want an even and slow burn, you need to take your time. Don’t light your joint in your mouth, puffing away as soon as you’ve got a light. Instead, hold your joint between your thumb and index finger and, with the other hand, apply a gentle flame to the tip. From there, slowly rotate by rolling the joint between your index finger and your thumb. This slow approach will give you a nice, big cherry.

Also, while there’s some debate on the matter, you should probably keep the tip on the joint as well. It’s common to twist the extra paper on the end of the joint to create a slightly pointed tip, and while some might question the practice, many argue that the overlapping paper of the tip helps to ensure that your joint burns slowly and gives you more time to be sure it is lit evenly.

What If Your Joint Starts Canoeing?

If you do notice that you’re getting some canoeing, you can try turning the joint upside down to even out the heat distribution, or even use a lighter to burn the end that is a bit behind. There’s also the “lay a lick down” strategy where you wet the canoeing side of the joint so that the joint paper will burn on slower on this side. In theory, the dry side will eventually catch with the wet side before it dries, allowing the embers to catch up and create a more even burn overall. However, this should be a last resort plan, as it will result in some weed going to waste.

Hopefully these tips can help you during your next smoke session. Just remember to be patient, take things slow, and don’t skimp on well ground bud or good-quality rolling papers. Most importantly, practice that rolling and lighting technique!

Happy smoking!


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